Israeli settler kills old Palestinian lady, injured her daughter

The settler killed the old lady and seriously wounded her daughter and fled away

An Israeli settler has run over a 60-year-old Palestinian lady in Jordan valley, leaving her dead and her 30-year-old daughter critically wounded.

“When the settler got closer to them,” the eyewitnesses said, “the old lady raised the stick, waving to him as she thought he was not seeing them. But he hit them and fled the scene very fast.”

Days of Palestine, West Bank -An Israeli settler has run over a 60-year-old Palestinian lady in Jordan valley, leaving her dead and her 30-year-old daughter critically wounded.

Palestinian medical sources said that the body Palestinian old lady Zeinab al-Rashaydeh, 60, was brought to Jericho Hospital after she was run over by a car.

The sources also said that Fatema Yassin, 30, daughter of the old lady, was admitted to the hospital suffering from critical wounds caused by a car accident.

Eyewitnesses and Palestinian security sources said that an Israel settler approached the old lady and her daughter in Jordan Valley, deviated his car towards them and hit them directly.

The eyewitnesses said that the old lady was holding the hand of her daughter with one hand and holding a stick with the other hand.

“When the settler got closer to them,” the eyewitnesses said, “the old lady raised the stick, waving to him as she thought he was not seeing them. But he hit them and fled the scene very fast.”

According to the Palestinian police, the settler fled the Palestinian territories and after a while they were informed by the Israeli occupation authorities that he surrendered himself to the Israeli police.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Israel asks Britain to remove Israel Apartheid Week posters from London Underground

Israeli Apartheid Week - Posters on London Underground

British authorities have begun to remove some of the posters following intervention from the Israeli embassy in London last night

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Britain to remove posters from London’s tube network that describe Israel as an apartheid state.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry Emmanuel Nachshon said in a statement on Monday that Netanyahu has instructed the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dore Gold, who is currently in London, to talk with senior officials in the British Foreign Office and “demand them to remove the illegal posters from the London underground”.

Nachshon added that the British authorities have begun to remove some of the posters following intervention from the Israeli embassy in London last night.

The posters were put up as part of the Israeli Apartheid Week campaign, a British initiative designed to show Israel as an apartheid state.

The posters included images of the separation wall built on West Bank land and an Israeli soldier attacking a Palestinian child.

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Israeli Apartheid Week - Posters on London Underground

Israeli Apartheid Week - Posters on London Underground

Israeli Apartheid Week - Posters on London Underground

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Israeli MK: Israeli history did not start in Jerusalem

Israeli education minister, right-winger, plans to expel Palestinians from both sides of Jerusalem

Labour Israeli MK Stav Shaffir recognised on Monday that Israeli history did not start in the holy Palestinian city of Jerusalem.

Head of the opposition Zionist Party, Isaac Herzog, said: “This morning I heard education minister Naftali Bennett, who woke up with a need to make headlines, declare a year of a ‘united Jerusalem.’”

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Labour Israeli MK Stav Shaffir recognised on Monday that Israeli history did not start in the holy Palestinian city of Jerusalem.

In response to the extremist Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennet, who announced the dedication of the upcoming school year for “united Jerusalem,” Shaffir wrote on social media that Israeli history did not start in Jerusalem, accusing Bennett of being ignorant.

Bennett, from the Jewish Home party, wrote on Twitter that he is dedicating the 50th anniversary of the occupation of East Jerusalem to studying the city’s history, claiming that Israeli history started in this holy city.

“Our history began in Jerusalem, and it from there that we draw all our energies during these times. If anyone tries to cut us off from the city they will only do the opposite – make us more attached to Jerusalem,” he wrote.

Shaffir replied to him: “‘From Jerusalem our history began’, so said Bennett this morning. Excuse me for the pettiness, but it is worth the Minister of Education knowing that according to the Torah, we came here from Egypt.”

She also wrote: “Bennett has decided to re-write the Bible to fit his own political needs. For his information: The Jewish people began at Mt. [Mount] Sinai and not in Jerusalem.”

Bennet has always called for the full occupation of all parts of the Palestinian holy city of Jerusalem and the expelling the Palestinians out of it.

Meanwhile, the head of the opposition Zionist Party, Isaac Herzog, said: “This morning I heard education minister Naftali Bennett, who woke up with a need to make headlines, declare a year of a ‘united Jerusalem.’”

He continued: “I wonder to which Jerusalem Bennett was referring – a Jewish, safe Jerusalem or a Jerusalem with 300,000 Palestinians who hate us annexed into it.”

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Saudi and UAE ban citizens from travelling to Lebanon

Bahrain also joins travel ban after Saudi halted $4bn aid to Lebanon army in response to “hostile” Hezbollah positions.

File photo: The UAE joined Saudi Arabia in lashing out at Lebanon’s failure to condemn Iranian “aggression”

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon or avoid travelling there after Riyadh halted $4bn in aid to Lebanese security forces in response to “hostile” positions linked to Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah.

The Saudi foreign ministry issued a statement on Tuesday calling on “all citizens not to travel to Lebanon, for their safety, and asking citizens residing in Lebanon or visiting not to stay unless extremely necessary”.

The statement, run by the official SPA news agency, urged citizens to contact the Saudi Embassy in Beirut.

Announcing the aid halt on Friday, an official said the kingdom had noticed “hostile Lebanese positions resulting from the stranglehold of Hezbollah on the state.”

The UAE also banned its citizens from travelling to Lebanon and reduced its diplomatic presence in Beirut.

Bahrain also urged citizens against travelling to Lebanon, and called on Bahrainis there already to leave quickl, according to a statement posted to state news.


READ MORE: Lebanon minister quits over ‘Hezbollah domination’


On Friday, the United Arab Emirates announced “full support” of Saudi’s review of its relations with Lebanon, blaming the country’s “failure to condemn Iran’s aggression” in the embassy incident.

“The UAE fully supports the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s decision to halt its aid to the Lebanese army and security forces,” said the UAE’s foreign ministry statement, posted on state media on Tuesday.

“At the same time [the UAE] calls upon Lebanon and its people to restore Lebanon to the Arab Nation where it belongs, away from the Iranian influences adopted by the so-called Hezbollah,” the UAE statement added.


READ MORE: Lebanon vows to maintain Saudi ties despite tensions


On Monday, Lebanon tried to repair relations and vowed to support Arab countries and maintain its Arab identity.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam said that Lebanon should maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia and that Arab countries must garner a unified response to all obstacles that they face.

“Lebanon will not forget Saudi Arabia’s role … in helping it rebuild the country after the [1975-1990] civil war,” Salam said after a cabinet session.

Former prime minister Saad Hariri also expressed loyalty to the kingdom.

Lebanon’s main political divide pits a Sunni-led coalition against another led by the Iran-backed Shia Hezbollah movement.

Lebanon has seen a series of armed attacks in recent years linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Report: 1,100 Palestinians crammed in Israeli Ofer jail

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– 1,100 Palestinian detainees are crammed in the Israeli Ofer jail, a report by the prisoners’ and ex-prisoners’ committee said Monday. The committee spoke out against over-crowding in the Israeli Ofer lock-up, where over 1,100 Palestinian prisoners are incarcerated. The committee quoted the prisoners as launching distress signals over the lack of warm clothes and blankets and the preplanned medical neglect perpetrated by the prison authorities against sick inmates. Dozens of detainees also said they have been subjected to harsh torture and mistreatment during the investigation and detention phases.  Several other inmates have also been made to endure exhausting inter-prison transfers.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Egypt court orders release of Jihadist Mohamed El-Zawahri

Court orders the release of Mohamed El-Zawahri on parole, the brother of current Al-Qaeda leader

Mohamed El-Zawahiri

Mohamed El-Zawahiri

A Cairo criminal court ordered on Tuesday the release of prominent Jihadist Mohamed El-Zawahri on parole pending trial.

According to Al-Zawahri’s lawyer Adel Moawad, his client should be released soon since he is not detained in any other case. However, the prosecution has the right to appeal the court decission,

A judicial source told Ahram Arabic website that the decision to release El-Zawahri pending trial was due to his poor health condition.

According to judge Hussein Farid, the head of the Cairo Criminal Court that released El-Zawahri, the defendant must show up to court every 45 days and be under police surveillance.

El-Zawahri is officially accused of joining a terrorist organisation – Al-Qaeda – as well as other charges including attempting to overthrow the regime and promoting radicalism.

El-Zawahri, the brother of current Al-Qaeda leader Ayman El-Zawahri, was arrested in August 2013 on charges of membership of a terrorist organisation.

In October 2015, Al-Zawahri was acquitted of operating a terrorist organisation in what was dubbed the “Al-Zawahri cell” trial, which involved 17 other defendants, 10 of whom were sentenced to death for running a terrorist organisation connected to Al-Qaeda.

In 1999, Mohamed Al-Zawahri was sentenced to death in absentia for a handful of terrorist attacks in Egypt.

In June 2011, a military court accepted Al-Zawahri’s appeal against the death verdict; the case was closed and the 63 years old Jihadist was released.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

IOF demolishes houses, arrests Palestinians in West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) carried out overnight a large-scale raid and arrest campaign throughout the West Bank. At least five Palestinians including an ex-detainee were arrested in Nablus, while five others were arrested in Ramallah and Birzeit. Two similar arrests were carried out in Jenin, while one was reported in al-Khalil. In Ramallah, three detainees including two brothers were arrested after Israeli forces stormed Betin town south of the city. Two other arrests were carried out in Beitunia town, while two similar arrests were reported in Birzeit including a leader in Hamas Movement. In Jenin, four Palestinians were arrested from their houses after nearly several Israeli military vehicles stormed different parts of the city. Israeli forces deployed in large numbers in Yabad, Qabatia, and Sanour towns and broke into dozens of homes before investigating their owners. In Nablus, a large-scale military campaign was carried out at dawn Tuesday in three refugee camps. Hundreds of Israeli forces stormed and deployed throughout different areas of the city, mainly, Askar, Balata, and al-Ein refugee camps. Dozens of homes and stores were violently stormed and searched during the raid, while a number of local youths were arrested. At least one young man was injured during the violent raid, the PIC news reporter said. In Bethlehem, Israeli forces stationed at the watchtower at the entrance to the Aida refugee camp, opened fire at local youths for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at the military tower. No injuries were reported during the Israeli gunfire attack. In al-Khalil, IOF soldiers demolished at dawn Tuesday two detainees’ homes in Deir Samit and Tarouseh towns east of the city. The demolished two homes belong to the two prisoners Mohamed Haroub and Raed Musalama who were earlier arrested for alleged stabbing and vehicular attacks. The two prisoners’ families were not even allowed to remove their furniture and belongings before the demolition process. A third home was violently stormed and searched in Samu town before the arrest of its owner.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Hamas delegation meets with Argentinian ambassador in Beirut

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Representative of Hamas in Lebanon Ali Baraka on Monday met with Argentinian ambassador Ricardo Larriera at the headquarters of the embassy in Beirut. The meeting was attended by Ziyad Hasan, director of Hamas’s political relations in the country. Baraka briefed the Argentinian ambassador to Lebanon on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena, especially Israel’s persistent crimes against the Palestinian people. The Hamas official also discussed with the ambassador the repercussions of the UNRWA’s recent service cuts on the lives of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and the issue of the stricken refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared. Baraka affirmed that the popular protests against the UNRWA’s “unjust” resolutions would continue until they were reversed. He urged the Argentinian government to work with the UN to stop Israel’s aggressive practices against the Palestinians, their land and holy sites, and end its inhumane blockade on Gaza. He also called for supporting the UNRWA in order to ensure continuity of its relief efforts, and expressed thanks to the Argentinian leadership and people for their support for the Palestinian people and their national cause. For his part, ambassador Larriera welcomed the Hamas delegation and promised to convey its demands to the Argentinian government. He confirmed his country’s ongoing support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Al-Qaeda Fights Alongside Saudi Coalition In Yemen

The BBC has found evidence in Yemen that troops from a Saudi-led coalition force and al-Qaeda militants are both fighting Houthi rebels in a key battle.

Safa AlAhmad was told by Ansar al-Sharia fighters participating in the battle not to film them.

Safa AlAhmad was told by Ansar al-Sharia fighters participating in the battle not to film them

While most of the Saudi War in Yemen has seen them ignoring al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as the Islamists seized cities somewhat off the beaten path, today filmmakers caught the two sides fighting side by side against the Shi’ite Houthis in the city of Taiz.

Saudi officials denied any formal coalition cooperation with AQAP, but UAE troops were seen on the film directly supporting both Sunni militia fighters and AQAP forces in combat along the front lines, suggesting a fledgling alliance, at least in this region.

Taiz has been the main focus of the Saudi-led war for months now, but has seemingly been stalemated throughout. Desperation to accomplish something on the ground may have played a role in the sudden arrival of AQAP forces to join the battle.

While the combined forces put the Shi’ite Houthis at a decided disadvantage, they don’t necessarily mean the situation in Taiz is going to be resolved, because as with other territory around pro-Saudi parts of Yemen, AQAP and other Islamist groups have tended to set up shop and have fought the local security forces, leaving places like Aden in a perpetual state of conflict.

(Source / 23.02.2016)

Syrian Coalition Says Assad Regime Unable to Control Foreign Militias

The Syrian Coalition has questioned the Assad regime’s ability to rein in the Iranian-backed foreign militias following announcement by the United States and Russia that an agreement had been reached on a new “cessation of hostilities” in Syria, which is planned to take effect on Saturday.

At a meeting with Spain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ignacio Ibanez in the Spanish consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Nagham al-Ghadri described many of terms of the agreement as “ambiguous,” and that the agreement failed to mention the foreign militias fighting alongside al-Assad or the PYD militia.

Ghadiri stressed the need to put pressure on the Assad regime to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged areas and release detainees. She reiterated the Syrian Coalition’s stance that it is essential to separate the humanitarian and political tracks, adding that humanitarian issues are non-negotiable.

Earlier today, the political committee met with deputy head of New Zealand Mission in Turkey Ed McIsaac to discuss the cease-fire agreement and the fight against terrorism. The political committee emphasized that the Assad’s survival would impede political transition in Syria, fester chaos and contribute to the spread of terrorism in the region and beyond.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 23.02.2016)